21 persons were reportedly killed by bandits, in Bakali village in Fatika District, Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Information reach Goldenbaze that the victims were locked and burnt inside their house.
A Community member Malam Sani Bakali, who lost 11 family members in the attack, told reporters that the bandits stormed the community around 4 pm on Tuesday and operated for two hours.
The bandits stormed our village on Tuesday around 4pm on several motorbikes brandishing AK47 riffles. Immediately they came, they started moving round the village, shooting sporadically. In the process, they came to our house, set the house ablaze, with 11 people inside. All the 11 people are members of my family. They include three women and eight children, who are wives and children of my three younger brothers. They also killed two of my uncles. While on the bush path, we discovered four other corpses burnt to death”.
“They equally killed two imams, one of my neighbors and a close friend of mine.
We just performed the funeral prayer for the 21 this afternoon (Wednesday). Initially, it was 20 corpses we buried first before we later discovered one more corpse inside the bush we buried him too. Right now, people have fled the village. I am the only one left in the village now because I have come to pick something. I just took my brother and his two wives to Zaria. I am about leaving now myself. Apart from the people killed, there are nine people we are yet to see since after the incident. As it is now, we don’t know whether they have been killed or not.”
Kaduna State Police Command, Spokesperson, ASP Muhamnad Jalige, confirmed the attack though he could not confirm the casualty figures.
“Yes, there must have been an attack in Giwa, Bakali village village, and we sent a police team there to clarify the situation. We will contact you as soon as we get the details.”
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